Kennie Ferrie emerged from the marathon six-round PGA Tour National Qualifying tournament to earn his card for the 2008 season. The Geordie performed well all week at the Panther Course in Florida but it was a blistering final round that took him into the all-important qualifying places.

Ferrie started the final day in 31st place, just on the wrong side of ?the cut?, but a brave 67, including eight birdies, sent him rocketing up the leaderboard into joint 14th, on 16-under-par.

Ferrie, who holds an exemption on the European Tour until 2010 after winning the 2006 Smurfit European Open, will now divide his time between the two tours. America has been a happy hunting ground for Ferrie after he finished sixth at the US Open at Winged Foot, also in 2006.

Swede Richard Johnson and Spaniard Alejandro Canizares also made it through but fellow Englishman Greg Owen missed out, finishing 62nd.

American Frank Lickliter blew the rest of the field away after opening with back-to-back 62s, to be 20-under-par after two rounds.

Selected qualifiers

-29 F Lickliter (USA)

-16 K Ferrie (ENG)

-16 D Waldorf (USA)

-15 R Johnson (SWE)

-14 A Canizares (SPA)